Update 15/2/20 18:16
Following another busy day on site and minute by minute checking of every weather app in the world, we’re at race day eve. The worst of Dennis has always been predicted to be on Saturday. We’ve been in it all day and it hasn’t given us any cause for concern. He may have a few things to say as he leaves tomorrow but we’re sure you’ll all get through the event and be rightly proud of your own personal Battle of Naseby.
That said, we mustn’t be complacent. Here are a few other things to consider to make sure that the day runs smoothly.
Please take care when opening car doors. Gusting winds can catch anyone out.
When leaving the car park entrance, please observe left turn only. This ensures that the traffic team can look after tired runners as they finish. It is a junction with three-way traffic so this will make their jobs significantly easier.
We have put plastic trackway mats on the main way in/out of the car park. Please drive very slowly on these mats as they have a tendency to kick up and get damaged when vehicles drive too quickly.
The field is always a bit soggy. The far side is always the driest. Please follow the instructions of car park marshals and park as directed. When leaving, head back towards the plastic trackway. If you are struggling for traction, there will be bodies around to assist you.
The area between the car parking and the hall is always the soggiest. You may wish to bring another pair of shoes/wellies if you don’t want to get your best trainers wet and muddy. Please take shoes off before coming into the main hall. A boot bag or carrier bag would help.
We will be operating a sensible and supportive approach to the cut off to take account of the weather.
Things that’s it! See you all in the morning.
Next event: 16th February 2020
The Battle of Naseby on 14 June 1645 was the last and most important battle of the First Civil War (1642-45), a decisive victory of the Parliamentarians under Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell over the Royalists under King Charles I and his nephew Prince Rupert of the Rhine. It was fought in the rolling countryside of Northamptonshire, in the parishes of Naseby, Sulby, Sibbertoft and Clipston.
Throughout the area, you will have no doubt seen the various memorials and viewpoints that were of significance. Obelisk Monument, Fairfax’s Viewpoint, Rupert’s Viewpoint, ROC Viewpoint, Moot Hill Viewpoint, Retreat Viewpoint, and Cromwell Monument can all be seen along the 16.45-mile road route.
We have scheduled the Naseby 1645 in the race calendar so that it is an ideal as preparation for Spring Half/Marathon Training. Being a month before the Ashby 20 and just over 2 months before the VLM, it could be a crucial part of your training.
The Naseby 1645 will take place on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 9 am starting at Naseby Village Hall, Haselbech Road, Naseby NN6 6DE
The route is challenging and you are guaranteed a PB for the distance (for at least the first time you do it!) as there is nothing like it in the area. It is entirely run on roads, many of which will be closed during the race to traffic, ensuring the highest standards of safety for runners. This is a challenging and undulating course having a total ascent of 289m, including running up the locally known “Dicks Hill” at mile 10.
Due to road closure logistics, there will be a cut-off at approximately the 10 mile point. You must reach the bottom of Dick’s Hill within 2 hours of 15 minutes of the start. Based on previous results, this shouldn’t cause any problems as most of the elevation gain is after this point.
In an attempt to reduce waste, we are making t-shirts an optional extra priced at £6.
Early Bird entry including a medal is £16.45 until 27th October 2019. Long sleeved technical t-shirt can be added for an additional cost.
Normal entry that includes a medal is £20 until 3rd February 2020 (unless it sells out like last year). Long sleeved technical t-shirt can be added. Previously the price was £25.
Entry after 3rd February and up to and including 9th Feb is £20 with no medal or t-shirt available.
On the day entry will be £25 with no medal or t-shirt available.
Prizes for 1st-3rd Male and Female overall and trophies for AG winners.
The Naseby Battlefield Project is an excellent resource for all things Naseby. It has information about the battle, local tours and accommodation. There’s plenty of options nearby with camping, pubs, B+B’s and cottages to choose from.